Oh to be a child again, when Santa Claus was still real and represented the utmost holiday magic. This isn’t to say the holidays aren’t wonderful as an adult. If anything, the holidays evolve into a purer, more simple time – an opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones.
Why do we preserve Santa Claus for our children? For their enjoyment, or ours? Perhaps both! There are many ways to participate in holiday cheer this year, but when it comes to meeting the big man himself, one Colorado town has opportunities aplenty.
Combine majestic snow-capped mountains, pine trees, and plenty of seasonal cheer and you’ve got a recipe for holiday success. Welcome to Colorado Springs, Colorado, a city committed to holiday festivities, especially when it comes to Santa Claus. If you’ve been looking for the perfect holiday getaway for your family, Colorado Springs is an excellent option, and here’s why:
Take a trip to Santa’s Workshop, commonly referred to as The North Pole. This is a Christmas-themed family amusement park, perched on the slopes of Pikes Peak, offering fun for the entire family. Meet Santa and his elves, ride dozens of rides, fly through the sky on Santa’s Sleigh, and even touch the real iced North Pole.
Santa Claus is coming to town! How often does the opportunity to ride on the highest cog train in the world with St. Nick and his elves arise? Not often! This 45-minute round trip excursion will take you up towards Pikes Peak, stopping at the historic Minnehaha Siding. On your way up, you’ll learn the story of Santa Claus, and when you return to the Depot hot chocolate and cookies will be waiting. There will also be music, activities, gifts and an opportunity to chat with Santa himself.
All aboard the Santa Express Train at the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The Santa Express is a winter wonderland, where children (and adults) are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends. Enjoy a complimentary hot cocoa and a cookie on the way to the North Pole, which is decorated like a true Christmas town, bedecked with holiday lights in honor of the most famous resident – Santa Claus. Once Santa boards the train at the North Pole, children await their turn to receive a very special gift from Kris Kringle himself.
‘Tis the season for lights, animals and holiday spirit at America’s only mountain zoo. Take in nearly one million sparkling lights illuminating the crisp winter night, warm up at one of the fires throughout the Zoo, and then stop in and see Santa! Select animal exhibits are open during the event. This is a family tradition not to be missed.
Make a new family tradition at Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s annual Santa Sunday Brunch. Enjoy made-to-order waffles and omelets on the hearth, or sample one of the delectable entrees such as eggs benedict, chicken-a-la-king, brown sugar brined pork loin or eggnog french toast. Sip complimentary champagne and mimosas. Visit the gourmet holiday beverage bar featuring homemade hot cocoa, spiced cider and eggnog. When you’re finished, stop by and take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
There are so many unique ways to meet Santa Claus and celebrate the joy of the season in Colorado Springs. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind holiday destination, and we hope you get the chance to partake in some of the activities. To further enhance your Colorado Springs getaway, take a peek at Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s Unwrap the Magic package. For the eighth year running, Cheyenne Mountain Resort is offering an “elf turndown,” live music, hot cocoa, a caramel apple station and Santa brunches.
Happy planning, and happy holidays!